PHILADELPHIA - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its second poll of the 2010-11 tennis season and Penn freshman Connie Hsu is listed as the 14th ranked player in the country in singles. Hsu, who finished the fall season with a 23-2 record, is the first Quaker to be ranked nationally since Ekaterina Kosminskaya was ranked 99th overall in the 2008-09 Preseason Poll.
Hsu is the top-ranked Ivy League player in the poll, but she is joined on the list by three fellow Ivy Leaguers. Holly Cao of Harvard is ranked 45th, Elizabeth Epstein of Yale is 65th, and Molly Scott of Dartmouth is 94th. Hsu has already earned convincing victories over Cao and Scott during the fall. She defeated Cao (6-3, 6-2) to win Penn's Cissie Leary Invitational and did not allow a game to Scott, (6-0, 6-0) in their ITA Regional semifinal match.
In addition to the national ranking, Hsu is also the top-ranked individual in the Northeast Regional poll. Hsu and senior Alexa Ely are also ranked third in the region in doubles. Hsu and Ely teamed up for three tournaments this fall, which included a doubles championship at the Cissie Leary Invitational and a second place finish in the William & Mary Invitational Flight "B" Doubles.
Hsu, Ely, and the rest of the Quakers will begin the spring season on January 19, when they host Drexel University at 4 p.m. in the Levy Pavilion.
Full rankings for the Women's team are available on the ITA Website.